Full name Trent Alexander Boult
Born July 22, 1989, Rotorua
Current age 26 years 203 days
Major teams New Zealand, New Zealand A, New Zealand Under-19s, Northern Districts, Sunrisers Hyderabad
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Left-arm fast-medium
Relation Brother - JJ Boult
|Test debut||Australia v New Zealand at Hobart, Dec 9-12, 2011 scorecard|
|Last Test||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hamilton, Dec 18-21, 2015 scorecard|
|ODI debut||West Indies v New Zealand at Basseterre, Jul 11, 2012 scorecard|
|Last ODI||New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, Feb 6, 2016 scorecard|
|T20I debut||New Zealand v England at Auckland, Feb 9, 2013 scorecard|
|Last T20I||New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, Jan 22, 2016 scorecard|
|First-class debut||India A v New Zealand A at Chennai, Sep 28-Oct 1, 2008 scorecard|
|Last First-class||New Zealand v Sri Lanka at Hamilton, Dec 18-21, 2015 scorecard|
|List A debut||Otago v Northern Districts at Alexandra, Dec 27, 2008 scorecard|
|Last List A||New Zealand v Australia at Wellington, Feb 6, 2016 scorecard|
|Twenty20 debut||Northern Districts v Canterbury at Hamilton, Feb 18, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Twenty20||New Zealand v Pakistan at Wellington, Jan 22, 2016 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|2*, 1/66||New Zealand||v Australia||Wellington||6 Feb 2016||ODI # 3733|
|3/38||New Zealand||v Australia||Auckland||3 Feb 2016||ODI # 3731|
|2/60||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Auckland||31 Jan 2016||ODI # 3730|
|4*, 4/40||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Wellington||25 Jan 2016||ODI # 3728|
|1/32||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Wellington||22 Jan 2016||T20I # 483|
|1/42, 0||New Zealand||v Pakistan||Auckland||15 Jan 2016||T20I # 478|
|0/36||New Zealand||v Sri Lanka||Auckland||10 Jan 2016||T20I # 476|
|3/21||New Zealand||v Sri Lanka||Mount Maunganui||7 Jan 2016||T20I # 474|
|3/43||New Zealand||v Sri Lanka||Mount Maunganui||5 Jan 2016||ODI # 3721|
|2/51, 0, 0/30||New Zealand||v Sri Lanka||Hamilton||18 Dec 2015||Test # 2194|
Rated as one half of the best new-ball pair in New Zealand history by Sir Richard Hadlee, Trent Boult is a left-arm quick who presents a significant threat to batsmen around the world with an ability to move the ball both ways even in unresponsive conditions.
Born in the Bay of Plenty region in New Zealand's North Island, Boult is, in the words of his brother Jono, a "normal sort of Kiwi young guy… into his golf and fishing and surfing." Cricket, though, was his calling. He lived in a neighborhood which included eventual New Zealand team-mates Kane Williamson and Doug Bracewell, and had the backing of a supportive household that also kept him grounded.
Signs of his skill were evident even as a teenager. As a 17-year old, he was named the fastest secondary school bowler in the country. A year later, he was representing New Zealand at the Under-19 World Cup.
The transition to senior cricket, though, was not quite seamless. Boult suffered a stress fracture of the back in 2009 which put him out of cricket for two years and taught him to concentrate on strength and conditioning. There was speculation that the injury was a consequence of tinkering with his bowling action. So, under the supervision of one of his idols, Shane Bond, Boult reverted to the action he had used as a boy and the results were more than promising. By 2015, he was capable of long spells without wavering too far below the 140kph mark. He became one of New Zealand's irreplaceable players across formats and one of many protagonists in the side's march to their first World Cup final in 2015.
Boult had a tough time breaking into the limited-overs sides at first, due to a perception that he doesn't move the white ball as much as the red one. But his effectiveness in Test cricket was too compelling to ignore: he raced past 100 wickets in his 29th match and in 2013, only two years since his debut, he was New Zealand's top-wicket taker. With Brendon McCullum placing a high premium on attacking cricket in the shorter versions as well and Boult proving himself as a bowler who preferred getting batsmen out rather than keeping them quiet, it was a perfect fit. Confirmation came in World Cup 2015 when he ended up the joint-leading wicket taker with 22 scalps in nine matches including 5 for 27 in an epic victory over Australia. His worth in T20 cricket was emphasised by a (approximately) $600,000 payday in the IPL.
Boult's strength, according to Northern Districts coach John Pamment, is that, "he's got a lovely wrist position and the fact that the wrist goes right behind the ball gives him that control." Another asset for Boult is friend and sounding board Tim Southee. When on song, their partnership makes for compelling viewing, not to mention telling numbers. In 2014, the pair picked up nearly half the wickets New Zealand took - 67 of 143 - en route to the side's most successful Test year, with five wins in nine matches. Boult is also among the few fast bowlers who are exceptional fielders, and has a particular knack for one-handed blinders.
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